At Advanced Liposuction Center, we find that patients often have preconceived ideas about fat transfer procedures.  Often times these notions are incorrect. At Hermitage, our plastic surgeons want you to be informed. There have been considerable medical advances since liposuction first came on the scene. The systems we use for removing fat have been modernized.  Now a high percentage of the fat removed can be safely and effectively used in other parts of your body. We want you to better understand today’s fat transfer procedures.  To that end, we’ve compiled some true/false statements below to test your fat transfer knowledge.

Almost any patient, male or female, is a good candidate for a fat transfer procedure.

TRUE: You are most likely a good candidate for a fat transfer if you meet these two criteria:  You are in good general health.  You want to remove fat from one area of the body to plump up and add volume to another part of the body. We often use fat transfers to repair damage from trauma or an accident. Before undergoing the procedure, meet with one of our expert plastic surgeons to define your goals.  We’ll discuss the best methods for achieving them.

Fat transfer is a complicated procedure that requires a significant recovery period.

FALSE: At Advanced Liposuction Center, we utilize the latest techniques and cutting-edge technology. We use Aqua Lipo, water assisted liposuction, and power assisted liposuction.  We also employ ultrasonic liposuction and vibro liposuction. These procedures are known to have the highest success rates for gently removing fat without damaging it. The harvested fat is then placed into a centrifuge.  This eliminates excess fluids and dead cells before we inject them into the desired area. The entire procedure is done under mild sedation and local anesthesia. The recovery period is short–approximately 2-3 weeks.

Fat Transfer May Not Last Long

False: Most of the fat transfer process guarantees you long lasting results so you don’t need to worry.

However, your results depend on the health of your cells and your surgeon as well.

After being transferred your cells will have to survive for at least 48 hours in the new area, they they can do that their the results will surely last long but if they can’t then the surgery may fail.

Furthermore, if your surgeon wasn’t experienced enough then they may not be able to perform the surgery which can also interfere with your results.

Otherwise, there is nothing that can stop your new cells to last long.

Fat Transfer Can Cause Lumps And Bumps

False: Fat transfer is done so that you can transfer excess fat from a part of your body and transfer it in a part where it needs most, not to increase formation of lumps and bumps.

Fat transfer will give you some amazing beautiful and really natural looking results, but if only the procedure is done carefully.

Which means formation of lumps and bumps depends on the experience of your surgeon, therefore choose a surgeon who is experienced enough and will promise you a successful procedure.

Fat Transfer Doesn’t Look Natural

False: Its just another myth since fat transfer guarantees you natural looking and beautiful results that you won’t regret.

Others won’t even notice that you have underwent a surgery like fat transfer because of the natural look the surgery provides.

At first people think that their fat transfer results will look obvious and reject the procedure and if you are one of them then you should stop thinking that.

Since after it’s done you will look even more younger and your skin will look way more beautiful, just make sure to follow the recovery tips.

Dermal fillers are a safer alternative to fat transfers.

FALSE: Dermal fillers are ideal choice in certain situations.  But a fat transfer has zero chance of allergic reaction or rejection. Because you are using your own body tissue for this procedure, you are not introducing anything foreign into the body.

Are there age restrictions for individuals considering fat transfer?

There isn’t a strict age restriction for fat transfer procedures, as eligibility is often determined by the individual’s overall health and specific cosmetic goals rather than a specific age. The appropriateness of fat transfer can vary based on factors such as skin elasticity, general health, and the specific areas targeted for augmentation or rejuvenation.

It’s crucial for individuals to have realistic expectations and a clear understanding of the potential benefits and limitations of fat transfer. A consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon or cosmetic professional is essential to assess individual suitability, discuss goals, and address any concerns. They can provide personalized advice based on the individual’s health, anatomy, and desired outcomes.

Can weight fluctuations after fat transfer affect the results?

Yes, weight fluctuations after fat transfer can potentially affect the results. Significant changes in body weight can impact the distribution of fat cells, including those that were transferred during the procedure. If a person gains or loses weight after fat transfer, the treated areas may experience changes in volume and appearance.

To optimize and maintain the results of fat transfer, individuals are often advised to maintain a stable and healthy weight. While minor weight fluctuations may not have a drastic impact, substantial changes can influence the outcome.

How long do the results of fat transfer typically last?

The longevity of fat transfer results can vary among individuals, but typically, a portion of the transferred fat remains viable and permanent. While some of the initial volume may be absorbed by the body, the surviving fat cells can provide long-lasting benefits.

On average, many individuals can expect the results of fat transfer to last for several years. However, it’s important to note that factors such as the individual’s metabolism, lifestyle, and overall health can influence the persistence of results.

To find out if a fat transfer is the right choice for you, contact one of our Pittsburgh area offices today by calling: 724-683-7581. The consultation is free.